I-485 traffic project narrows lanes, likely to slow traffic

I-485 traffic project narrows lanes, likely to slow traffic

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 6:23 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some more changes coming to I-485 Monday morning; the inner loop is prepped for widening, and now it's time for the outer loop.

Sunday night, concrete barriers went up along the outer loop of I-485 between I-77 and Johnston Road in south Charlotte.

About a mile-worth of additional barriers are expected to be placed. Once those are up, the guardrails and the grass median will disappear.

The reason for all of this: this stretch will be widened from two to three lanes on both sides.

The effect: currently, lanes are slightly narrower on both sides.

Some drivers say some motorists aren't cutting their speed now that the lanes are narrower, and that's dangerous.

Others say the work will all be worth it in the end.

Work on the new Johnston Road interchange starts in just a few weeks, so more changes are in the works.

The entire widening project should be finished by December of 2014.
 

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